Sunday, September 12, 2004
Liberal Jihad, Morality and God
What strange times we are in.
America is at war from without and from within.
American troops face danger in Iraq and Afghanistan in an attempt to instill freedom and democracy, and to wrest power from those who would continue to repress tens of millions.
At home, Americans are at battle during this election cycle, attacking each other with a ferociousness and using tactics never seen. There is no semblance or pretense to civility or exchange, and there is a visceral hatred that permeates the debate. In another time, it could be said that this is the stuff that revolutions are made of.
It is a Jihad of sorts, American style. The real issues aren't being discussed. The only things that count are winning and subjugating opponents. There is no mercy for the dissenters and no room for compromise.
From an empirical standpoint, how and why this came to pass is quite evident. It is about God, morality and moral relativism.
Originally, I intended to write two pieces.
BunkerMulligan and Paulie at The Commons, each writing independently of each other, struck a chord with me. Their ideas coincided with my own. Then, I realized that together, they formed a cogent and clear insight into the sharp and clear snapshot of our time. I recommend you read those pieces before reading these few words. They set the tone for my thoughts and can more clearly define the arena if ideas. My thanks to BunkerMulligan and The Commons.
A standard mantra of American religious and not so religious conservatives is that we would all be better off if there were more religious values in the public square.The left of course, recoils in horror at that very thought. Religion, they argue, is the last thing that should be tolerated in the public square. Religious values are the bane of liberalism.
Why are they so opposed to religion and religious values? What is it about religion and values that so frightens them? The left would have you believe that God in the public square would be akin to the Mullahs in Iran given free reign here.
Values,by definition are definable. Values require commitment. Most dangerous to the left are that values can be measured. These are things that liberalism can never reconcile with.
It is important to acknowledge that there was a time that liberalism was a force for good. Bound by overbearing social strictures and harsh ruling class restraints and dictum, the liberal achievements for the common man are inestimable. Unions served their purpose in providing for decent pay and the elimination of hazardous working conditions and child labor. The political mobilization of the poor and of minorities have in the end, served our society well. We would do well to remember that the American Revolution was about revolt over tyranny and provided a voice to the voiceless, clearly a liberal idea that upended the status quo with the idea that the individual was indeed capable of taking care of himself, without interference from the powers that were.
That was liberalism then. Liberalism now is an entirely different creature.
Let's start with God.
For most of us, whether we wear our religion on our sleeves or not, God is Master of the Universe, timeless in the message of faith and the teaching of morality. We beseech from him guidance and mercy and have established our society and laws predicated on religious principles. Some accept that there is a higher power, to whom we are answerable or at the very least, gave to us rules that keep us from anarchy.Our society has never been literalist, despite what the left would have you think. We do not stone adulterers, nor do we chop off the hands of thieves. We have, within the framework of belief, created a society that concedes that we are created “In His Image” and at the same time, reinforces the notion of free will.
In the world of liberalism, all gods are equal.
In fact, to a liberal, God is not a god. He is a partner-- a junior partner to our desires and ideals. We are not accountable to God. He becomes accountable to us.
Whatever it is we believe in at the moment, whatever desires we have, are accommodated by the ever faithful junior partner. We do not have to commit to Him, He has to commit to us, whatever the cause. Liberalism is not about obligation, it is about accommodation. No matter how absurd the idea, no matter how shocking the behavior, it is sanctioned by the liberals interpretation of God. Whatever the cause, whatever the belief, liberals will tell you that they are sanctioned by God, for whom they purport to speak. There is no evil, there are no standards. All is equal is the eyes of the liberal god. Anyone who denies that is ostracized, ridiculed and set upon, as if they were the epitome of evil.
To be fair, some conservatives are the very obverse of that. They will say that they are charged with fulfilling God's mission on earth. Like the very liberals they so despise, they too, would take free will out of the equation.
In fact, God is not a partner nor are all gods equals. The God that does demand the stoning of adulteresses and the amputation of limbs is not a moral equivalent to our concept of God, anymore than the society that has no wheel is equal to the society that does.
Immediately, liberals will shout out, “how dare you be superior! Do you know what is in the heart of God? He/She/It/Nature loves us all equally! What gives you the right to declare what is moral and what isn't?”
Those are among the most immoral questions that can be asked.
Firstly, a society or religion that restricts the freedom of an individual is an inherently inferior society.
A society ruled by religious dictate, that is governed by rulers that remain unaccountable to her citizenry is inferior.
A religion that mandates certain behaviors is an inferior religion.
A religion that punishes the expression of unapproved thought is an inferior religion.
A religion that persecutes others based on their different beliefs in inferior.
A religion that demands the imposition of it's ideals by force, deception or terror is an inferior religion.
Islam today has spawned an inferior culture.
I am not condemning Islam. I am however, condemning Islam as manifested today.
It has become a duplicitous, politicized and bastardized religion.
Do Muslims have the right to behave in that way? Yes, they do. That is the choice millions upon millions of Muslims have agreed to.
Are we obligated to accept that choice as a moral equivalent to our own way of thinking? No, we are not so obligated.
That liberals will parrot the line that Islam too, are of the same cloth as Christianity and Judaism, and this a moral equivalent is an outrage. To even intimate that deceit is reprehensible and an insult to Christians and Jews.
Neither Christianity or Judaism are guilty today of the above mentioned behaviors.
To a liberal of course, all behavior is irrelevant, because all is equal.
The comparisons and justifications are ludicrous. They are the barometers of an ideal that has no moral foundation. The only evils they see, are the ones that demands accountability. The target of their venom is a society that still has the notion that responsibility, accountability and effort are the measure of worth. To the liberal elite it is enough simply to have an idea and be rewarded and celebrated for that idea, no matter what the idea is. They believe their ideas alone merit superior standing and positions of leadership. That others might suggest they actually earn whatever it is they want is to arouse rabid hatred.
Islam has put religion on the table. By making religion rather than the behavior of the state, the yardstick of measurement, it has invited comparison. Claiming that religion as a legitimate form of governance is above criticism, is an indication of just how far apart our values are.
Muslims will tell you that their sorry state of affairs is an indication of God's displeasure with them. It is up to God, they piously say, to bless them. They are perfectly comfortable with allowing God to judge them and mete out reward and punishment for themselves an do nothing concrete to better their lot. Yet somehow, they want to speak on God's behalf when dealing with others and meting out punishment on his behalf. They do not have to change their own behaviors to receive God's approval. All they have to do commit atrocities in his name. The hypocrisy is stunning.
Societies and religions are measured by their contributions, period. Islam has chosen to destroy, justify destruction, threaten destruction and apologize for it. It has contributed nothing to modern society.
The liberal ideal that somehow the contributions of the west and destruction committed by Islam are morally equivalent is preposterous.
It is an ideal that is based on the false god of moral relativism.
It is in this environment that deceit has become part of the liberal Jihad.
Michael Moore legitimized deceit as an acceptable form of political debate and practice. Dan Rather, ever transparent, is more concerned with his own appearance and agenda than he is with the truth.
At a time when Americans are in harms way, we cannot afford to be ambigious or unclear. Every one of our service people are ambassadors of our values and way of life. They speak on our behalf. They need to know which America they represent. The need to know if their service has meaning to the America they believe in.
The liberal agenda is alive and well. How we respond to it is up to us.